Mike Preston's Report Card

Ravens Gameday

October 22, 2007|By MIKE PRESTON



Kyle Boller made some really good throws downfield, but he also misfired on quite a few, including a swing pass in the left flat. Boller needs to watch film of McNair sidestepping the rush. Boller just panics, and the feet start getting nervous.

Running back


Fans in Buffalo apparently changed Willis McGahee's name, but he played well despite the chants. The former Bill had 114 yards on 19 carries, and as usual, made yards when there were no holes.

Offensive line


The Bills had only one sack, but they smacked Boller around a lot. The Ravens had trouble picking up blitzes up the middle, and there wasn't a lot of room for McGahee to run. Overall, it was a better effort than a week ago.



The Ravens like the short passing attack, but they're effective pushing the ball downfield. Derrick Mason had seven catches for 78 yards and has become the go-to receiver. Fellow wide-out Mark Clayton had five catches and seems to be rounding into form.

Defensive line


The Ravens allowed 103 yards rushing, and most of the damage was done in the first three quarters. Tackles Justin Bannan and Kelly Gregg combined for 11 tackles, but a lot of those were downfield.



Can't these guys count? What's up with all the offside penalties? Inside linebacker Ray Lewis had 13 tackles, but a lot of those were after 3- and 4-yard gains. Bills running back Marshawn Lynch made a lot of people miss yesterday.



It's not pretty without starting cornerback Chris McAlister. His absence gives opposing teams targets to choose from on both sides of the field. If he doesn't return soon, it could be a long night in Pittsburgh on Nov. 5.

Special teams


Sam Koch averaged 50.8 yards on six punts with a long of 61. Believe it or not, Matt Stover didn't attempt a field goal. Returner Yamon Figurs mishandled the ball three times, including once on a punt at the end of the game. At least he was consistent.

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